Recently, wrestling has been on many peoples radars thanks to the growing mainstream of celebrities and incredible talent finding their ways onto the biggest pro wrestling platform, WWE, many of whom come from independent companies or overseas. One of the most recent success stories from Japan is the meteoric rise of Shinsuke Nakamura. A true pioneer that drips with charisma, Shinsuke debuted in New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2002 and was met with everyones attention and within a year became the youngest IWGP Heavyweight Champion in history. He would then go on to face some of the greatest competitors as well as win countless championships, titles(most recently the 2018 Royal Rumble winner) and monikers, his most known being ‘The King Of Strong Style’. In 2015, Shinsuke Nakamura released an autobiography called King Of Strong Style: 1980-2014 which follows his life and rise to stardom, the only issue was it was only released in Japan, until now.
It was announced on Thursday that VIZ Media, the company in charge of publishing many anime and manga, had acquired the English publishing rights to King of Strong Style. The book will take the 2 volume set from Japan and translate it into one single hardback edition or a digital edition with colored and black and white photos featuring Shinsuke. The book is planned for this Summer. You can read the press release down below:
San Francisco, CA, February 8, 2018 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media),a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, springs into the wild world of professional wrestling as it announces the acquisition of the English-language publishing rights for KING OF STRONG STYLE: 1980-2014.
Originally published in two paperback volumes in Japan, (1980-2004, 2004-2015),
the autobiography of one of Japan’s greatest professional wrestlers, Shinsuke Nakamura, will be released as a single-volume hardcover print edition as well as a digital edition by VIZ Media in the summer of 2018. Both hard copy and digital releases will feature select color and b&w photographs.
Nakamura now appears weekly on USA Network’s Tuesday night program, Smackdown Live, which has over 2 million weekly viewers, where he is frequently featured in the main event match-ups.
Before he became a star of American professional wrestling, Shinsuke Nakamura was Japan’s “King of Strong Style.” His autobiography traces an amazing life and career from the amateur grappling ranks to the Nippon Budokan. Thrill to his matches against such legends as Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar, his reign as the youngest IWGP Heavyweight Champion, and his success as a mixed martial artist.
“Professional wrestling is at the crossroads of extreme sports, over-the-top theatre and pop culture, and Shinsuke Nakamura, already a huge star in Japan, is seeing his star rising fast among millions of U.S. fans,” says Masumi Washington, Sr. Director, Publishing Production. “His autobiography, a riveting story depicting one man’s quest to conquer the world both inside and outside the wrestling ring, is a unique and special addition to the VIZ Media catalog.”
Born in Kyoto, February 24, 1980, Shinsuke Nakamura began amateur wrestling in high school before attending university at Aoyama Gakuin University. After a brilliant career there, he joined New Japan Pro-Wrestling in March 2002 and made his professional debut at Nippon Budokan in a match against Tadao Yasuda on August 29, 2002. On December 9, 2003, a mere sixteen months into his professional career, he crushed Hiroshi Tenzan and was crowned the youngest IWGP Heavyweight Champion in history. Even as he pursued greatness in the professional wrestling ring, Nakamura participated in MMA, facing Daniel Gracie of the legendary jiu-jitsu family, and superheavyweight kickboxing champion Alexey Ignashov. Now he thrills fans in the United States and beyond on a weekly basis as one of the top wrestlers in the world.
For additional information on KING OF STRONG STYLE: 1980-2014 or other anime, manga and literary titles distributed by VIZ Media, please visit viz.com.